Grant Hart's (of Husker Du) William S. Burroughs designed guitar

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  1. e???

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    This weekend I was out at Record Store Day in Minneapolis and caught the Grant Hart show. I was hanging around as he was setting up and as he was unpacking his case he said "I dropped this guitar off to William Burroughs in the 90's, and he designed the collage art". The two were friends. I asked him if I could take a picture.

    His set was great and I highly recommend Grant's new album "The Argument". The guitar is a 60's Fender musicmaster with one awesome sounding neck pickup. He played through a 70's music man, with an MXR Distortion + left on the whole time. Being a TGP'er, I had to give him a little s*** for just the always on pedal, and a music man. But I think he liked me since I kept talking to him about his music and his gear. He even said into the mic when I came back into the room after a quick cig break; "There's the young gentlemen. Welcome to Chinatown"
     
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    If ever there was pure crystallized Anti-TGP in a guitar, I reckon you found it.

    I saw Grant a few years ago in DC - great set - and wicked humour.
     
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    Great, now I'm going to have that song about running to the Centre Pompidou going through my head again :)

    J/K, love to see anything Husker/Mould/Hart related...
     
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    Grant is a great dude.... I shot the tintype photographs for his last album The Argument... And the promo shots in Spin Magazine ... [​IMG]

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    I remember seeing that guitar at Grant's very first post-Husker show in Chicago, right when the 2541 ep was released.
    I'm pretty sure that may have been his first post-Husker show anywhere.
    I always thought of it as the 'Hot Studs' guitar. That's what the upside down 'Today Sure' sticker is covering.
    Nice to see he still has the guitar!

    So glad he's still around.
    Being a guitar player, there's an obvious Bob Mould attraction.
    But I've been a Husker Du die hard since 1983 and for me, it's Grant Hart all the way.
    That band was nothing without his sense of melody, harmony and his layered recording style.
    Not to mention he did all the album covers.

    LONG LIVE GRANT HART!!!!
     
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    That's awesome andrewmoxon! Love those shots. They bring out what I like about the guy. And I agree with you moosewayne. His solo stuff is by far my favorite out of all that Husker/Mould/Hart stuff. Especially the new album. His tracks; "For those too high aspiring", "I will never see my home", and "Shine, Shine, Shine" are so cool from that new album. Glad to see some Grant Hart love around here, I was scared this thread would disappear quick, it seems like not too many people know about his genius. Here's one of my favorite recent things:

     
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    William Burroughs, or Robert Mapplethorpe?
     
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    Burroughs was a trip. I used to live in the same town... He was at many parties I attended, including one at my place. I have a great portrait of him holding a huge revolver.
     
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    Here are a few more original tintypes I did of Grant.....
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    Very cool! Those tintypes are great also.
     
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    That's just obscenely cool. :beer
     
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    Love to see this sort of thread pop up!

    There's actually great diversity in musical interests here on TGP, and I really appreciate that... But I love it when something comes up that I really relate to. SST as a label was just hugely influential, and Dinosaur Jr. & Screaming Trees especially influenced me when I was in my mid teens.

    That being said, I have a confession: Though I was surrounded by Husker Du fans in my crew of friends as a teen, I've NEVER owned one of their albums. (Maybe a mixtape, but that doesn't count)

    So please: commence top 5 Husker Related Album Recommendations. (Husker, solo, side projects... SHOOT)
     
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    Bob Mould's solo stuff is also fantastic. Start with Silver Age and go from there.
     
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    one of the albums Bob Mould did with Sugar: FUEL?
    Good News for Modern Man: Grant Hart
     
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    Sugar-Copper Blue.

    I also agree about Bob's solo stuff. At least most of it.
     
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    Husker Du:
    Warehouse: Songs and Stories
    Flip Your Wig
    Zen Arcade

    Grant Hart/Nova Mob:
    Intolerance
    The Last Days of Pompeii
    Nova Mob
    Hot Wax

    Bob Mould/Sugar:
    Copper Blue
     
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    Coolness, and certainly reflective of Old Bill's sensibility and sensa humah... meta-wise, that plank screams vintage rough trade hunting fresh flesh.



    Can't think of any Du album I wouldn't want in my library --- got that EP of 8 Miles..., and everything else they put on vinyl (backed up on CDs).
     
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    My intro to Husker Du was the early hardcore stuff - Everything Falls Apart, Land Speed Record so I'll always have a soft spots or that.

    Now days though

    New Day Rising
    Zen Arcade
    The Living End
    Metal Circus
    Copper Blue (Sugar)

    Bob Mould is amazing live - go see him if you have a chance. He usually breaks Hisker Duans Sugar stuff out

    I'll have to listen to Grants newer stuff.
     
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    There is this, that he was a part of: a macho, testosterone-laden rabid Rhinoceros that smashes down
    the front door and charges into your living room. :bow

     

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